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I-League: Confident Bengaluru take on Mumbai FC

Westwood calls for positivity as Blues face hectic schedule

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Bengaluru FC Head Coach Ashley Westwood hands out instructions in training at the Bangalore Football Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Tuesday
 

Mumbai: Bengaluru FC will look to build on a perfect start to the season and break a trend when they take on Mumbai FC at the Cooperage, in Mumbai, on Wednesday. The two teams have met four times in the League and have always ended up sharing the spoils – a habit the Blues will be keen to change.

Westwood couldn’t have asked for a better start to the new season as his boys made it three wins in as many games after beating Shillong Lajong 3-0 at the Kanteerava on Sunday, to go top of the table. While the defence was impregnable, Westwood’s strike combination of CK Vineeth and Kim Sing Yong justified the gaffer’s pairing of them, grabbing the goals against the team from the hills.

“Kim being physical and Vineeth being in good form and using his pace to link together is a good partnership. Udanta and Sunil can also play in those positions. At the minute, Vineeth and Kim are doing well but we definitely have more options in that respect,” said Westwood following his side’s victory.

Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Josimar da Silva were on target in a 1-1 draw between the two sides at the Cooperage Stadium last season and a good result on Wednesday will be the perfect injection for BFC who travel straight to Kolkata where they play East Bengal on Saturday. The gaffer maintained that the Blues will look to take on the hectic schedule with positivity.

“It’s important to win every game. We have a tough schedule ahead of us as we play six games in the next twenty days which is unheard of. We have four away fixtures in our first five games as well but we’re looking to stay positive and get good results,” said Westwood ahead of the game.

Mumbai, on the other hand, are coming off a win themselves, having downed Salgaocar 2-1 at home earlier on Sunday and with five points from three games, are yet to taste defeat this season.

The game kicks-off at 7 pm and will be telecast live on Ten Action.

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